'One of premier collector cars Ferrari ever built' speeds ahead at RM
The ultra-rare 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta, chassis number 0226AT, leads an exceptional series of Ferraris at RM Auctions' Monterey sale, August 19-20.

The highly anticipated auction will be conducted at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center in Monterey. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.

One of just three examples purpose-built to contest the 1952 Carrera Panamericana, 0226AT was raced new by the legendary Alberto Ascari in the gruelling Mexican road race before being imported to the United States where it was driven by Carroll Shelby and Jack McAfee.

Well-known and highly documented, its outstanding racing pedigree, which also includes such historic events as the Colorado Grand (2001 and 2007) and the Monterey Historics (2002, 2005 and 2006), is complemented by a cornucopia of awards. These include Best of Show at the 1988 Ferrari Club of America's Concours at Elkhart Lake, and Best in Class at the 1989 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta by Vignale
1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta by Vignale

In 2007, the car was displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the Ferrari Competition class for exhibition only.

Originally sold for the princely sum of $14,500, this coveted example is expected to fetch a multimillion-dollar sales price when it crosses RM's Monterey auction podium in August. (The estimate is available on request).

"0226AT is arguably one of the premier collector cars ever built by Ferrari. Boasting a spectacular pedigree that includes such racing greats as Alberto Ascari, Carroll Shelby and Jack McAfee, it represents an important chapter in Ferrari's early competition history," said Rob Myers, chairman and founder of RM Auctions.

"Add to that its incredible rarity - one of just three built - and its matching-numbers originality, and you have a terrific car deserving of close inspection."

Continuing RM's global leadership in the presentation of historic Ferraris at auction - holding seven of the top 10 all-time auction records for the marque - 0226AT will be joined at RM's Monterey by no less than 17 other examples from the Modenese Prancing Horse, including the previously announced 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spyder by Scaglietti.


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